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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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GEORGE PETER MINALGA


June 18, 1920 to July 18, 2013

George P. Minalga died peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2013 with his wife, Dorothy at his side in their Los Altos home. He was 93 years old.

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in 1945 graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. George went to work for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company at the dawn of the Space Age. His considerable contributions will always be remembered in the evolution of America’s spaceflight program, including work on the X-1, the first supersonic aircraft.

George met his forever love, Dorothy, at the Damien Club of St. Monica’s Parish, Los Angeles. They were married in 1951 and together began their family and their life. He loved being with family and children. His children and grandchildren were everything to him and he was always there for them … building a grade school project, fishing on a lake, learning to ski, simply listening to their stories, or celebrating their accomplishments. He will be missed, but his kindness will never be forgotten by Cecilia and husband Ray; Maryanne, husband Mathew and children Rebecca, Rachel, and Jamie; Josephine and children Christina, Matthew and wife Courtney, Phillip, and Bridgette; Rebecca and husband John Mark; Duncan, wife Pauline and daughter Veronica; and Peter and wife Melanie.

After retiring from Lockheed in 1989, George and Dorothy continued their adventures through life and the world. For 10 years, they participated in an annual pilgrimage, walking 72 miles over 3 days from Paris to Chartres, France, through woods and fields and over blacktop highways and country roads, sleeping outside and eating simple rations. Their pilgrimages were a celebration of their traditional Catholic values, so important to George and Dorothy.

Mass and funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland. The casket was interred at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto.

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